15 Refreshing Cucumber Salad Recipes

Cooling Dishes With Global Flavor

10-Minute Thai Cucumber Salad With Peanuts

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Cucumbers are a naturally thirst-quenching summer ingredient that's used all around the world. Try these refreshing cucumber salad recipes from India, Israel, and beyond.

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    Classic Israeli Cucumber and Tomato Salad

    Classic Israeli Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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    The famous Israeli combination of chopped tomato and cucumber in a light, lemony vinaigrette dressing has "cousins" throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. This recipe, which includes red bell pepper and scallions, can be enjoyed as is, dressed up with feta cheese and za'atar seasoning or used as a condiment for falafel and pita wraps.

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    Chinese Cucumber Salad

    Chinese Cucumber Salad

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    Chinese cucumber salad is traditionally made by combining cucumbers in a spicy mixture of sesame oil, chili peppers, and peppercorns. This quick and easy recipe achieves a similar flavor profile by tossing sliced pickling cucumbers in a red-wine vinegar and sesame oil dressing spiked with chili flakes and minced ginger root.

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    Indian Cucumber Salad (Kachumber)

    Indian Cucumber Salad (Kachumber)

    Anita Schecter

    Kachumber is the name given in India to the refreshing salad trio of chopped fresh cucumber, tomato, and onion. In this tasty Indian cucumber salad (kachumber) variation on a classic recipe, carrots, radishes, and jalapeno peppers are added to the medley. It's all tossed in a traditional, simple, oil-free dressing of lemon juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.

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    Middle Eastern Cucumber Yogurt Salad

    Middle Eastern Cucumber Yogurt Salad

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    In the Middle East, this creamy cucumber salad—flavored with mint and garlic—is traditionally made with goat's milk yogurt. This recipe uses Greek yogurt instead, which is more readily available in North America and has a similar thick texture and tangy taste. Serve this recipe as a dip with crudites or as a soothing sauce for spiced roasted meats and kebabs.

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    10-Minute Thai Cucumber Salad With Peanuts

    10-Minute Thai Cucumber Salad With Peanuts

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    In only 10 minutes, you can pull together this healthy and delicious, Thai-inspired cucumber salad. It's loaded with fantastic flavor and crunch (thanks to roasted peanuts), making it an excellent option for brown bag lunch or a tasty side dish for enjoying at cookouts and picnics.

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    Spanish Cucumber Salad

    Spanish Cucumber Salad

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    Sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions are tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette dressing in this light Spanish cucumber salad that makes a cooling, easy appetizer course to enjoy on warmer days.

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    Japanese Mozuku and Cucumber Vinegar Salad (Sunomono)

    Japanese Mozuku and Cucumber Vinegar Salad (Sunomono)

    Judy Ung

    Sunomono is the name for a classic Japanese salad preparation in which ingredients are seasoned with rice wine vinegar. In this simple, flavorful recipe, sliced cucumbers are combined with mozuku seaweed (available at Asian markets or online), which comes packaged with its own vinegar dressing, and garnished with freshly-grated ginger for added spice.

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    German Cucumber-Dill Salad

    German Cucumber-Dill Salad

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    A bit of sugar is added to the vinegar dressing for this simple cucumber and onion salad, lending a distinctive sweetness to the German appetizer. Fresh chopped dill is the typical herb used for this salad, but you could substitute snipped oregano leaves or tarragon fronds, if you prefer.

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    Moroccan Tomato and Cucumber Salad

    Moroccan Tomato and Cucumber Salad

    Christine Benlafquih

    Fresh chopped mint leaves add bright and zesty flavor to this summer salad of diced fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. It is dressed simply with olive oil and lemon juice, making it a healthy dinner starter or an easy light lunch with soup and crusty bread.

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    Creamy Marinated Cucumber Salad

    Creamy Marinated Cucumber Salad

    Diana Rattray

    Creamy American-style cucumber salad with sweet onion and mayonnaise is a classic summer recipe that makes a great side dish for everything from burgers to saucy ribs to grilled chicken. To maximize its flavor, prepare and refrigerate the salad a few hours before serving.

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    Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad

    Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad

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    Cool cucumber, juicy tomato, creamy avocado, tangy red onion, and mixed sweet herbs mingle happily in this healthful, delicious summer salad. Serve it over a bed of your favorite fresh, leafy greens, for a wonderful first course or side dish salad at your backyard dinners.

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    Thai Cucumber Pineapple Salad

    Thai Cucumber Pineapple Salad

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    Serve this special Thai salad when you want to impress guests at a cookout or buffet party. With its combination of cooling cucumber, sweet pineapple, herbaceous basil and coriander, crunchy nuts, and Thai-style dressing, it has guaranteed wow factor.

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    Cucumber Salad With Pomegranate Seeds

    Cucumber Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

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    Pomegranate seeds are chock full of antioxidants, making them a healthful addition to a simple cucumber salad with chopped fresh mint and oregano. The combination of red and green colors in this salad makes it a fabulous choice for your Christmas dinner table, but it can be enjoyed all-year round.

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    Cucumber, Tomato, and Corn Salad

    Cucumber, Tomato, and Corn Salad

    Molly Watson

    Sweet corn kernels are tossed into the mix with chopped fresh cucumber and tomato, then . dressed in a simple white wine vinaigrette, for a cookout-ready salad that goes especially well with grilled meat dishes. Leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge stored in an airtight container.

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    Cucumber, Tomato, and Basil Salad

    Cucumber, Tomato, and Basil Salad

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    Serve up a colorful medley of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and red onion, in this healthy summer salad that's finished with a light balsamic vinaigrette. It makes a lovely starter at dinner, or a light lunch served over a bed of fresh greens, perhaps with some fresh mozzarella balls on top, and some chewy bread on the side.